Tribute to the Morehead State University’s Electric Edge Bandby Representative Harold Rogers
Posted on 2013-02-06
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to
the talented musicians of the ``Morehead State University and Electric
Edge'' band, which performed at the renowned Kentucky Society of
Washington DC's Inaugural Bluegrass Ball on Saturday, January 19, 2013.
Known for its high class entertainment, fine food, and Kentucky
hospitality, the Bluegrass Ball is our premier inauguration party, made
even more memorable when Electric Edge takes the stage.
Great music is synonymous with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and so it has been my pleasure to welcome these gifted educators and musicians to the nation's Capitol City.
In fact, music has always been an important way of life in Kentucky. We enjoy a rich music heritage from Appalachia on into the cornfields of western Kentucky. In classrooms and on stage, these band members are helping keep [[Page E111]] our proud musical traditions alive, while training up the next generation of Loretta Lynns and Ricky Scaggs. A couple weekends ago, their abilities were on display at the Bluegrass Ball, indulging us with the melodies of Kentucky right here in Washington, DC.
The band includes nationally and internationally acclaimed members, some of them on the distinguished faculty of Morehead State University. They include hit-chart writer and singer Tony Pence, Professor Glenn Ginn on electric guitar, Professor Gordon Towell on Saxophone, Professor Steven Snyder on piano, Danny Cecil on bass, vocalist- favorite Lisa Ginn, and Paul Deatherage on percussion.
It likewise goes without saying that great food is synonymous with the Commonwealth of Kentucky. So, I'm also very pleased to recognize one of our nation's most celebrated chefs, Edward Lee, of Kentucky's famous ``610 Magnolia'' restaurant, who smartly found his way from New York to the Kentucky Derby and decided to stay. Chef Lee has a huge following as an alumnus of the ``Iron Chef of America'' and ``Top Chef'' television programs. One of his favorite foods is fried chicken, and he loves animals, especially horses. A true Kentucky gentleman, he graciously provided an exquisite three-course dinner for the Bluegrass Ball.
I ask the Congress to join me in thanking the band and chef for showcasing their extraordinary talents and participating in the 57th Presidential Inauguration festivities.